LOS ANGELES – Kyle Kendrick suffered what Phillies officials called a “mild concussion” when he was hit in the back of the head by a pitch in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the Dodgers (see story).
Kendrick stayed in the game and pitched the bottom of the sixth inning, but left with a headache after that. He was checked by a doctor and will be re-evaluated Monday in Pittsburgh.
Kendrick’s turn in the rotation comes up again Saturday at home. It is unclear whether he will make that start. There is a seven-day disabled list for players with concussions.
“We’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” Kendrick said when asked whether he believed he’d have to miss a start.
Stephen Fife hit Kendrick on the back of the batting helmet. Kendrick was leading off the sixth. Fife’s pitch got away.
“You try to get out of the way,” Kendrick said. “There's nothing you can really do. Obviously he didn't mean to and he said he was sorry. He apologized. You never want to see it happen to anybody.
“I have a headache. I feel like I got hit in the head. The good thing is it's mild. We'll take it easy tonight and see how I feel in the morning.”
If Kendrick has to miss a start, the Phils could call up Tyler Cloyd or Ethan Martin from Triple A. Martin pitched eight shutout innings for Lehigh Valley on Sunday.